This introductory course will examine crime in America with a focus on the role of police, courts, and correctional institutions. Students will consider the balance between freedom and security issues and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system as it adapts to cultural, political, and societal changes.

Acquaints students with the issues and problems associated with the study of criminal justice.  Students will discover how criminal justice emerges as the modern society's system of roles and activities for defining and dealing with crime; the themes regarding society's view of crime and criminals; and the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal justice system.